ECF Red Cross Charity Marathon for Ukraine

The English Chess Federation’s 24-hour charity marathon for Ukraine took place over the weekend of 02/04 to 03/04 on to raise funds for the Red Cross DEC appeal in support of Ukraine.

We had a an impressive turn out of English GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs playing and/or streaming as part of the round the clock commentary stream which was also broadcast on on Sunday morning. Titled players and others taking part included GM Mickey Adams, GM Matthew Sadler, GM Keith Arkell, GM Mark Hebden, GM Peter Wells, GM John Emms, GM Chris Ward, GM Jon Speelman, WFM Kanwal Bhatia, WIM Natasha Regan, IM Tom Rendle, IM Ali Mortazavi, MrDodgy, WFM Shohreh Bayat, FM Jonathan Blackburn, and Freddy Gordon!

We were also joined by a big contingent of Ukrainian players including GM Mikhail Golubev, IM Viktor Skliarov, Oleksander Matlak (CEO of the Kyiv Chess Federation), Mykola Fuzik, Mikhail Safronov (who finished 6th), and many colleagues joining us from Kiev and other parts of Ukraine.

We had very heartening feedback from the Ukrainian players, including this post below on the ECF’s Open Club on

A total of 461 competitors joined the event with over 6,000 games played in total during the 24 hours, making it the largest ECF marathon to date. GM Keith Arkell (left), who played all the 24 hours, won the marathon with a massive score of 728 points with 204 wins, 21 losses and 23 draws across 248 games played. IM Chris Baker was second on 399 points and GM Mark Hebden 3rd on 386 points.

The ECF is delighted to announce that the event raised a total of £18,000 for the Ukraine DEC appeal and we would like to thank everyone who took part and/or donated. A full list of standings and games can be found at

The ECF are very grateful to, Chessable, Forward Chess and Elk and Ruby for their generous support.

Below is a social media post on the event by the Coventry Chess Academy —